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Four men jailed for trafficking Polish w...

Four men jailed for trafficking Polish workers to Britain

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A British court jailed four men on Tuesday for their involvement in trafficking Polish workers into the UK, tricking them into low-paid jobs and taking their wages, prosecutors said. The four men, Sabastian Mandzik, 40, Robert Majewski, 45,... read more »

Vijay Pradhan, 45, attends to the 12 power looms that he operates at a synthetic textile unit in Surat, India’s largest manufacturer of manmade fabric. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Roli Srivastava
India loom workers suffer hearing loss

India loom workers suffer hearing loss

By Roli Srivastava SURAT, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Udhiya Behera sat in a windowless room in the Indian textile hub of Surat, staring blankly at a small television as the ground shook with the noise of power looms on the floor below. For Behera, though, this was a moment of... read more »

India surrogacy
India’s proposed surrogacy law rai...

India’s proposed surrogacy law raises trafficking risks

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India’s proposed law to regulate its booming surrogacy industry and curb the exploitation of impoverished Indian women could result in more foreign women being trafficked into the country to rent out their wombs, a leading expert... read more »

Veteran Actor Vinod Khanna Passes Away

Veteran Actor Vinod Khanna Passes Away

Actor and politician Vinod Khanna passed away this morning in Mumbai after he finally lost his battle to cancer at the age of 70. Best remembered for his performances in films like Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony and Qurbani, the actor was last seen starring alongside Shah Rukh Khan in... read more »

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Philippine Congressman Fredenil Castro speaks during a Reuters interview, at the House of Representatives in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines December 6, 2016. Picture taken December 6, 2016.    REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

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When we talk about climate justice, the first thing that comes to mind is the plight of small island states, which contribute little to global warming but suffer its worst impacts. Or... read more »


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